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Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 462

This isn't "globalist", it is exiting a regional trade pact. I have misgivings about free trade, but almost none of those apply to countries with similar standards of living, similar product safety requirements, similar financial rules, easy migration, and similar worker protections.

We don't have similar standards of living, worker protections, educational attainment, or health outcomes across the 50 United States. What makes you think the EU can claim such outcomes between members? The anti-EU crowd was bitching about internal EU migration years before they started bitching about the Islamic "invasion." Imagine a New Yorker getting pissed because someone from Mississippi moved next door and took his job....

Comment Re:This is a good thing but for the shaky transiti (Score 1) 369

So we take power away from those who "wield the power", and come up with a better means. Eliminating the idea of private ownership of shared resources such as land could severely reduce their power. Probably not what you mean, but allowing people to monopolise a limited resource allows disproportionate influence. The idea that there are people with a surplus while others lack food, shelter and healthcare indicates that we have a screwed up idea of property rights.

The other thing we need to fix is the system of government. Relying on elected representatives is okay but far from perfect. Direct democracy seems to work worse in practice, not allowing any scope for compromise. But there's probably a better system.

Comment This is a good thing but for the shaky transition (Score 2) 369

It's nice having a purpose, and earning a living. But do we really want to engage such a large chunk of our workforce on mindless repetitive tasks that a robot can do better? This seems to be putting way too much value on work for work's sake, rather than the end result.

The problem is, people do need purpose. And we don't have a new purpose for these displaced workers. Technology is moving faster than society's ability to adapt to it. The solution is not to force technology to slow down, but to find ways to fill the void more quickly. We need a society where the essentials (food, shelter, healthcare) are taken care of, where people can choose to do what they want with their life rather than what they have to.

Comment A couple questions (Score 1) 107

What's the existing license? Is this a migration from copyleft to a more permissive license, or is this a migration from an unusual license (some kind of openbsd license?) to something more standard?


Oracle is proud to extend its collaboration with the OpenSSL Foundation by relicensing its contributions of elliptic curve cryptography

What company that Oracle has bought originally contributed this?

Comment Re:Re-writing history are we? (Score 1) 541

Prior to massive regulations insurance was affordable.

Um, that's if they're willing to sell it to you. I could not get insurance for epilepsy pre-ACA because the medications I needed were expensive, and also because people always called 911 after every seizure which meant routine ER visits, about two per month. Since insurers wanted to keep their insurance "affordable" for healthy dickheads trying to decide if they even needed it, that meant telling me GFY- which they did because there were no "massive regulations" preventing them.

Comment Re: The climevangelists are busy today (Score 2) 269

Bullshit. Modern diseases are not caused by foods that have been eaten for hundreds of thousands of years. They've been caused by modern processed crap such as sugar, white flour and industrial vegetable oils.

A lot of them have been caused by the fact that without modern medicine, we wouldn't survive long enough to experience them.

Comment Re:It's not about the screen size, it's field of v (Score 1) 128

I have a projector. When I watch a movie at home the screen is filling as much of my vision as a pretty large movie theater.

That's nice. I don't. I know exactly one person who does.

I also honestly have MUCH better sound, and that is with a middle of the range receiver with cheap speakers (but there are five of them plus a subwoofer).

Me too, although that puts me in a minority. I think my upstairs neighbours would get upset if I cranked it up to the level of bass I can physically feel; like I get in a cinema.

Sure. This is great for those who have a projector and a surround sound setup. And who absolutely have to see the latest movies. But then I can see pretty much anything older than 3 months for a fraction of the cost.


Google Reducing Trust In Symantec Certificates Following Numerous Slip-Ups ( 77

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: Google Chrome engineers announced plans to gradually remove trust in old Symantec SSL certificates and intent to reduce the accepted validity period of newly issued Symantec certificates, following repeated slip-ups on the part of Symantec. Google's decision comes after the conclusion of an investigation that started on January 19, which unearthed several problems with Symantec's certificate issuance process, such as 30,000 misused certificates. In September 2015, Google also discovered that Symantec issued SSL certificates for without authorization. Symantec blamed the incident on three rogue employees, whom it later fired. This move from Google will force all owners of older Symantec certificates to request a new one. Google hopes that by that point, Symantec would have revamped its infrastructure and will be following the rules agreed upon by all the other CAs and browser makers.

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